For the second consecutive match, Carlos Vela comes in … and we win, but will he start against Hull City?
Written by Chris on January 11, 2009 19:00
Do you remember the last time we won a match comfortably, without any nail-biting moments? I don’t, and Bolton’s match, in a way, reflected what our season has been so far: lack of ideas, lack of luck and late substitutions.
And here I am, again, speaking of Carlos
Am I jumping on the Mexican bandwagon? Of course not. I’ve been asking for Vela to start for months, but unfortunately – save for Carlos’ fan sites – I was just an isolated voice not being heard at all. Luckily, things are changing and it seems that many have finally realised that if we are to win something important this season, the name Carlos Vela is to figure more and more in Arsenal’s first eleven.
There’s only one thing I’m afraid of: I’ve seen many players who were so good when coming off the bench but not that influential when starting from the first minute. Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Darko Kovacevic(Juventus) and Julio Ricardo Cruz(Inter) are three of them. I just hope Carlos is not one of them, I want to believe that we’re watching the first steps of Arsenal’s own Lionel Messi.
Can we please have a different midfield, Mr. Wenger?
Enough of Denilson and Diaby. The first one is weak, almost always outpowered by opponents, and gives the ball away cheaply way too many times. The second one can leave you speechless when he wants to(second goal against Villa) but that’s not enough when he does it once every four matches. We need to shuffle the cards in the most crucial area of the game of football, we need to try things out: Nasri and Ramsey at the centre of midfield, Carlos on the left and Eboue on the right. As I said in a couple of occassions, Aaron is to be given a chance, else he will keep on being a substitute who tries to show “how good he is” when coming in and doing just what he did yesterday: keeping the ball and getting a silly yellow.
Emmanuel, oh Emmanuel
I have a couple of theories as to why Adebayor is a shadow of last season’s force. The first one is that he doesn’t like to play alongside Van Persie. Not that he doesn’t like him as a person of course, but take yesterday’s match: Robin was so full of heart and so full of determination that not only he made a couple of tackles you wouldn’t expect him to do considering his injury history, but he also came back in midfield to get the ball in more than one occassion. Now that, is Adebayor’s job!
You can see from how he hesitated in front of goal that Emmanuel is not a pure striker and that is why I believe Eduardo is the best one to partner him. Eduardo is not one who does a lot of tackling and retrieving, he just stays there waiting for the ball and when he gets it, he scores. Adebayor, on the other hand, does a lot of running, of ball shielding, he wins the aerial battles and therefore it’s natural that he’s not comfortable when his job is being done by someone else. But how can you drop Robin now that he’s hit top form?
The second reason why he may not be performing is that he wanted to leave in the summer and now he’s just waiting for the season to come to an end so as to be sold to A.C. Milan, Barcelona or wherever his dream destination is. If it was for me, I would have taken advantage of the high offers made last summer by those two clubs. But having said that, I still think that the Togo striker can provide something special to the Arsenal this season, although maybe, as some of you said, he needs to warm the bench a little to get that much-needed wake up call.
Hull City, a team which immediately brings memories of a nightmare afternoon at the Emirates. With Liverpool dropping two points away from home, the gap is down from 10 points to 8 and to live up to my reputation of being an optimistic individual, I take these two dropped points as very good news for us Gunners, but, we have to keep the momentum going and take the full three points next week as well. The question to ask is of course whether or not Arsene will be making the changes we so much need in midfield.